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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
October 29, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know adults aged 45 and older and those who are younger with risk factors should be screened for abnormal blood glucose and type 2 diabetes, according to new draft guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)?

If approved, clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and other preventive measures would be automatically covered by insurance. Acceptable screening tests include HbA1c, fasting plasma glucose, or an oral glucose tolerance test.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Make Daylight Savings Permenant?


Having later sunsets may lead to an increase in children's physical activity, according to a study from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.


Over 23,000 children aged 5-16 years were studied in nine countries. The researchers examined associations between the time of sunset and physical activity levels. The study found that children's total daily activity levels were 15-20% higher on summer days with sunset after 9PM, compared to winter days with sunset before 5PM.


This confirms prior research showing that late afternoon and early evening are the critical hours for children's outdoor play. Introducing additional daylight savings measures would have a far greater reach than many other potential policy initiatives to improve public health.


Steve: This research is relevant to ongoing discussions about starting the school day later so kids can get more quality sleep. If you add more daylight evening hours, this would tie-in ideally.


Test Saves More Lives Than Colonoscopy

State public health programs could save up to four times as many lives by using stool sample blood tests instead of colonoscopies, according to a new study in Health Services Research. Colorectal cancer kills 50,000 people annually. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and survival.


Researchers compared colonoscopy and fecal immunochemical testing. FIT checks a stool sample for the presence of blood. If blood is detected, patients are referred for a colonoscopy.


Although colonoscopy finds more precancerous adenomas and cancers in a single screening, it costs significantly more than FIT. For example, Medicare reimbursement is between $650 and $830 for the average colonoscopy, compared to about $22 for FIT.


The researchers found that an annual FIT screening program could screen nearly eight times as many individuals and prevent nearly twice as many CRC cases as a colonoscopy program could. A FIT program would also save about four times as many lives.


Bonnie: The study does not mention how many complications could be avoided from either botched colonoscopies or side effects from the oral preparation.


Hemoccults can also be performed in the comfort of your own home!


Time for an Immune System Reboot

We are constantly assaulted by substances that weaken our immune systems. Sometimes, we only have ourselves to blame with our lifestyle choices.


During fall and winter, we need to be on heightened alert to repel infection and prevent sickness. This is hard to accomplish when our immune systems are compromised. We could all use an Immune System Reboot!

Five simple steps to get your immune system going again. It only takes 15 minutes in-office or by phone.

  1. Free to current NCI Well Connect subscribers 
  2. $25 for non-Well Connect subscribers

Call 847-498-3422 or email to schedule your reboot!